Joe Richer Humanitarian Award

2009 Scholarship recipient Julia Peel pictured with Barb Richer (left) and Carin Richer-McMains (right).

A true "Favorite Son" of Everett High School, Joe Richer was beloved by all who were privileged to know him. His teaching, counseling and coaching career in Everett spanned 30 years. Joe attended Everett Schools through high school, graduating from Everett High in 1961. He captained basketball and golf teams, leading both to state tournaments and gaining a reputation as a leader and competitor. Joe was also a two-sport letterman and captain of the basketball and golf teams at Western Washington University where he was named to the All Century Golf Team. He was also named a 2nd Team All-American in golf. After graduating from WWU, Joe taught and coached one year at Quincy High School before returning to WWU to complete his fifth year teaching requirement and coach junior varsity basketball. He later received his masters degree in counseling from Seattle University. In 1968 Joe returned home to Everett High School as a teacher counselor and coach. He remained at EHS for 30 years, coaching numerous state tournament-qualifying teams in basketball and golf. In the process, he motivated hundreds of students and athletes to strive for perfection and to develop character while enjoying competition.

Joe died suddenly in April, 1998. In his honor and memory, the basketball court at Everett High was named Richer Court and an annual scholarship was established.

The criteria for consideration in the Joe Richer Memorial Scholarship Award are determined by the Richer family.

  • Responsible
  • Caring of others
  • Respectful of others
  • Honest
  • Possibly overcoming a difficulty
  • Contributing in some way to EHS
  • Dependable
  • Reflects values important to Joe Richer

Scholarship Recipients
1999 2000 2001 2002
Blake Haug Lucas French Brian Jones Mark Hoekendorf

2003 2004 2005 2006
Kyle Jasper Ashley Bogart Beau Robinson Arrow Mestas

2007 2008 2009  
Mallorie Starkenburg Forest Cardenas Julia Peel  


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